Snakes on a Plane Director David R. Ellis Found Dead

David R. Ellis, a filmmaker best known for the 2006 movie Snakes on a Plane, which he directed, was found dead in the bathroom of his hotel room in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Monday, his manager confirmed to the Associated Press. He was 60.

Police say no foul play is suspected, while results of an autopsy have not been released.

“So sad to hear of David R. Ellis passing!” Tweeted Samuel L. Jackson, who starred in Snakes. “So talented, so kind, such a Good Friend. He’ll be missed. Gone too soon!”

Samuel L. Jackson: I'm Not a Tough Guy

Samuel L. Jackson talks to PEOPLE about his new movie, Snakes on a Plane, his tough guy image – and why you wouldn’t want to cross him on the golf course.

Could you handle your scaly costars on a real red-eye?
People think I’ve got to be a tough guy because I play tough guys. I avoid trouble all the time. People seem to think I’m cool. If you spend a day with me, you’ll think, “Really? That’s it?”

Movie Review: Snakes on a Plane

There are two steadfast rules every mobster must follow while beating someone to death with a baseball bat: Don’t wear a white suit (things tend to get bloody), and don’t allow oneself to be spotted mid-swing by passers-by. Bland baddie Eddie Kim (Byron Lawson) fails on both counts, so when an FBI agent (Samuel L. Jackson) convinces the eyewitness (Wolf Creek Ken doll Nathan Phillips) to fly from Hawaii to L.A.